National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Samson Ayokunle, on Sunday, June 12, in Abuja, cautioned political parties to resist the temptation to fly a Muslim-Muslim ticket in next year’s election.
Ayokunle, warned that such a step would be disastrous for the nation.
It was reported that the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Bola Tinubu, might settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket, given the party’s difficulty in finding a Christian from the North, who would boost the party’s chances in the election.
A top source in the party told one of our correspondents on Saturday that even though consultation was still ongoing, the idea of picking either Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State or the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who are both northern Christians, was no longer topical due to their limited clout in the region.
The source noted that North-West and North-East had the bloc votes in the region and that if the party could not find a stronger Christian from the two sub-regions, it might settle for a Muslim.
The CAN President who was represented by the Founder of Sword of The Spirit Ministries International, Bishop Francis Wale-Oke, said this at the interdenominational church service to mark the 2022 Democracy which was held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.
Speaking on the theme ‘More than Conquerors,’ Ayokunle noted that any party that wishes to produce the next president must not undermine the Christian community.
The CAN President said:
While I congratulate the candidates, I must sound this warning, please do not fly a Muslim-Muslim ticket. It would not fly. It will not stand. Rather, it would set the nation against each other.
The candidate who will emerge is the one who works with the Church. Please, do not alienate the church.
If you embrace equity, fairness and justice, the Nigerian electorate will reward you with their votes at the polls and they will give you their support.
Reiterating his counsel on equity and fairness, the CAN President said the country cannot claim to practice justice when a certain region is deprived of producing a president.
He urged candidates to exalt righteousness in their campaigns saying, “You can only rule when there is a nation. In your campaigns, make sure you exalt fairness, justice and equity. If there is no righteousness, fairness and equity, we will remain divided.
There is no fairness if a certain people from a certain ethnic group are reduced to second class citizens who cannot aspire to the highest office in the land.
We pray for an end to killing people in their place of worship. We pray for a nation that is united and where justice, fairness and equity reigns. God bless you all and God bless Nigeria.